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Global Communities Welcomes International Development Expert Dr. Hillary Thomas-Lake to Board Of Trustees

Published 05/08/2019 by Global Communities


Global Communities is pleased to welcome Hillary Thomas-Lake, PhD to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Thomas-Lake is a senior international development professional with more than 25 years of international development experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of expertise include philanthropy and partnership development, democracy and governance, conflict management, community-based social enterprises, corporate social investment, negotiation, and mediation across a range of international development sectors, including inclusive social and economic growth, with the principle focus regions of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa.
Dr. Thomas-Lake is the founder and CEO of the Washington-based international development consulting firm HillTop Development Strategies, where she provides technical direction in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of ethical international development projects and initiatives. She has particular expertise in Africa and the Caribbean, with long-standing experience in Haiti.
Previously, Dr. Thomas-Lake was the managing director and co-founder of LTL Strategies, where she designed and implemented development strategies and projects for clients in more than 40 African countries, as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Additionally, she has worked with the WorldSpace Foundation, the Africa-America Institute, the United States Department of State, and Africare, Inc., based in Senegal.
Dr. Thomas-Lake is fluent in eight languages, including French, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyòl, and Spanish.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Thomas-Lake to the organization,” said David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities. “Her unique background and extensive experience in many of the environments in which we work will be an exceptional addition to our already stellar board of trustees.”
Dr. Thomas-Lake has a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and multiple degrees from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), including a Master’s in International Affairs, a Master’s in International Public Policy, and a PhD in International Relations with a focus on conflict management and African affairs.
Dr. Thomas-Lake is thrilled to join Global Communities’ board of trustees, noting that, “It’s thrilling to have the opportunity to contribute to an organization whose work is dedicated to honoring the ingenuity of local communities, and partnering respectfully with them for sustainable development.”
Global Communities is a leader in community-led international development and humanitarian assistance. Founded in 1952, it works in more than 25 countries to create long-lasting, positive, and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe. Learn more at
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